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It has been reported by local sources that an IED explosion took place in PD9 area of Kabul.
The attack was carried out by a cat bomb.
More details to follow.
Before the second day set off for Geneva Summit, a ‘Peace Breakfast’ was attended by all the participants.
According to UNAMA’s statement, the participants of the Geneva Summit at this Breakfast event, shared commitment to ending the Afghan conflict and to also back and align Afghan led and owned roadmap for peace.
209 Shahin Corps said in a statement that during the operation of special operations units in Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province, launched from 20 to 24 November this year, 55 insurgents were killed and 15 others wounded.
In these operations, four large consignments of explosives and 60 enemy strongholds were destroyed and 15,000 kg of ammunition were discovered and seized from two areas.
It had been informed by Helmand governor’s office to news sources that the Afghan air force in an attempt to target Taliban Garemsir district, killed several Taliban insurgents.
However officials also added that 20 civilians were also killed or wounded in the bombing.
The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said the Afghan and U.S. forces jointly conducted a Special Operation in Achin district on Monday, leaving at least 19 IS-K terrorists dead.
The statement further added that the 02 unit of the Afghan forces in Nangarhar airport conducted a Special Operation in Sherzad district, leaving at least 8 Taliban insurgents dead.
One of the commanders of the Taliban who was identified as Mansoor was among those killed, the statement confirmed.
In the meantime, the U.S. force carried out an airstrike using unmanned aerial vehicle targeting a Taliban militant Amanullahin Tagab district of Kapisa province, the 201st Silab Corps said, adding that the militant was killed in the raid.
Afghanistan, as the partner country in 38th round of India International Trade Fair (IITF) received the gold trophy over the closing ceremony of this exhibition held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi on November 27, 2018.
The ceremony was felicitated by Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, the Indian Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation and India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO).
Afghanistan has been participating in the IITF since 2005 with an aim to extend its market in India. This year Afghanistan had 48 stalls including 12 stalls of women showcasing dried fruits, saffron, spices, carpets, gems, jewellery and handicrafts.
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gutierrez, while addressing the Geneva Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan, called on the international community to work and cooperate so as to make the Afghan owned end led peace process a success.
Mr Guterres expressed his concerns over the widespread violence in Afghanistan and conveyed his condolences to the people for their traumas and sufferings.
He also welcomes the Summit’s focus on transforming Afghanistan and making it self-reliant , which was a goal set by the country itself in 2014.
Finally, the UN Secretary-General also mentioned that the Geneva Mutual Accountability Framework shall guide the Summit and its format and activities until 2020. It will ensure that any activity done for peace and security of Afghanistan will be done in the context of development and reform.
President Ghani at Geneva Summit unveiled the new five-year peace plan and within the proposal is an appointed 12 member negotiating team.
Although it is subject to change, the following are tentative members of the team.
• Abdul Salam Rahimi, Chief of Staff of the President
• Mohammad Mirwais Balkhi, Minister of Education
• Hasina Safi, Minister of Information and Culture
• Abdul Wahab Balakarzai, Deputy Minister of Higher Education • Dr. Alema, Deputy Minister of Refugees and Repatriation
• General Ebadullah Ebad, Deputy of National Directorate of Security • Shahgul Rezaee, Member of Wolesi Jirga
• Attaullah Ludin, Member of Ulema Council
• Shamim Katawazai, governor of Paktia province
• Abdullah Attai, Member of Supreme Court
• Tooryali Ghiasi, Director of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs • Abdul Hakim Muneeb, Deputy Minister of Haj and Religious Affairs
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani informed that the Afghan government today will announce its “comprehensive plan” on Afghanistan’s peace at the Geneva summit on day two of the summit.
Mr. Ghani, in a meeting with India’s Foreign Minister, Dr. Vijay Kumar on Tuesday, said that Afghanistan welcomes the support of the countries in the region, including India, for the Afghan peace plan, and added that the Afghan government would present the plan on Wednesday afternoon, the second day of conference.
Mr. Kumar also emphasized that India is ready for any kind of cooperation for the peace, stability and progress in Afghanistan.
President Ghani also expressed in in this bilateral meeting that peace is a major concern for the Afghans, and for that, national, regional, international consensus, as well as Islamic countries’ consensus on this issue has been reached.
Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, during a meeting with Afghan President Mohammed Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the Geneva Conference expressed that while supporting Afghan peace talks with Afghan leadership and ownership, his country is also ready to fight terrorism and extremism in Afghanistan.
In the bilateral talks between Ghani and Zarif during the talks on Afghan peace, further expansion of bilateral trade relations was also discussed.
Expressing confidence in Iran’s cooperation, President Ghani remarked that the expansion of relations specially trade relations between Kabul and Tehran would be beneficial for regional stability and economic growth.
US Assistant Secretary of State David Jayne Hill, on the sidelines of the Geneva Conference, said that the United States, while supporting Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace talks, insists that Washington acts only as a facilitator in the talks.
Mr. Hill, in a side meeting with Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said his country is still committed to continuing its support for the Afghan peace process, economic development, funding for security and defense, and other issues.
Mr Hill congratulated Mr. Ghani on holding Afghan parliamentary elections and emphasized that the United States is committed to any kind of cooperation in holding the Afghan presidential election.
Addressing a side event on Private Sector at the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, President Ghani expressed that agriculture of the country is the key to stability there.
“We are open for business and hope you are open for partnership”, he said. Afghanistan this year, for the first time came up with a National Export Strategy which was discussed at this event.
The President pointed out however, that Afghanistan severely requires a national strategy of competence, “We need to shift to programs and strategies.”
He also added that Afghanistan’s natural resources remain “on paper” and clarified that contracts in this sector are reviewed.
The European Union has signed an agreement at Geneva to help Afghanistan with the greater goal of development.
The aid agreement was made on Tuesday at the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, and it is worth €474m which is going to support state building and public sector reforms, healthcare, law enforcement, and elections – as well as to address migration and displacement challenges in Afghanistan.
“The EU stands side by side with Afghanistan and its people to build a stronger future for the country,” Neven Mimica, commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, said at the summit.
“Through joint efforts we intend to reduce aid-dependency and invest in democratic governance for the benefit all citizens of the country,” Mimica added.
The US expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in Afghanistsn due to drought and food security.
US Ambassador to Kabul John Bass wrote on social media that US urges others to also do more to support the humanitarian response.
The US has granted an aid of over $200 million to Afghanistan in this year alone. Recently even the UK granted heavy sum for drought relief.